Microsoft evangelist takes back Windows Phone 8 upgrade claim

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: April 19, 2012

Nokia Lumia 900

Earlier this week a portion of an interview with Microsoft developer evangelist Nuno Silva surfaced online, and in it Silva claimed that all current Windows Phones would be upgraded to "the next major version" of the OS. Now Silva has taken back what he said, claiming on his blog that the point that he was trying to make in the interview was that all existing Windows Phone apps will be capable of running on the next version of Windows Phone. He explains his original statement by saying that he "mistakenly confused app compatibility with phone updateability."

Silva's blog post sounds fairly similar to the statement issued by Microsoft concerning his original claims about Windows Phone 8 Apollo upgrades in which the company said that "all apps in our Marketplace today will run on the next version of Windows Phone." Still, it's not a shock to see Silva retract his statement, especially given the recent reports that no current Windows Phones will be upgraded to Apollo. We've yet to get official word on WP8 updates from Microsoft, but as I said before, here's to hoping the company sheds some light on the situation soon. Do you think Microsoft will offer current Windows Phone users an Apollo upgrade (perhaps with only some of the new features enabled) or will the existing devices be left behind when it comes time to jump to Windows Phone 8?

Via The Verge, Nuno Silva